As we wave goodbye to autumn and say hello to the festive season ahead, there’s no denying that winter is well on the way. As the weather slowly begins to turn, now is the perfect time to start making some much-needed home improvements before it gets too cold to do so.

New studies from SGS Engineering reveal that 79% of Brits have set themselves at least one New Year’s resolution linked with improving their homes, with a third (32%) committed to more DIY after spending more time indoors due to lockdown.

If you’re thinking about dabbling in some DIY and sprucing up your home this winter, here are some handy improvements for you to complete before the winter frost kicks in.

Check your roof

Our roofs are one of the most fundamental parts of our homes, yet often the most neglected due to the fact we can’t usually see what’s going on up there. Be sure to clear any debris that may have fallen during autumn – leaves can be notorious for clogging gutters at this time of year! It’s also a good idea to check there are no loose tiles and that everything is properly insulated in time for winter.

Seal any cracks around the house

Cracks can be pesky little visitors that almost seem to pop up out of nowhere – particularly in older houses that were built over a decade ago due to construction methods. Sealing any cracks will not only keep out the cold this winter, but it’ll also stop them in their tracks from traveling and causing further damage within your home that could end up being a more costly task to repair in time to come. You might also face a situation where the toilet will swirl but won’t flush.

Give everything a fresh lick of paint

There’s no easier way of uplifting your home than with a simple splash of paint. As we enter the winter months, why not experiment with some darker tones on your walls to give a cosier overall look this festive season? Deep greens and navy tones are proving to be a popular go to this year! Our advice is to find some inspiration online to find the perfect colour to suit your style. If you’re not sure where to start, Pinterest allows you to create different boards which you can categorise per room. Simply search for what you need inspiration on and begin to get a collection of mood boards together.

Get the garden ready for spring

It may seem a little early to be thinking about spring but prepping your garden now and ensuring it’s in good condition throughout the winter, means far less labour in the spring when the sun begins to shine again. If you have decking or an outdoor seating area, be sure to clear any debris that may have collated here over the autumn.

Jackson Martin

Jackson Martin, holding a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas, has been a prominent figure in the home improvement sector for over 18 years. He joined our team in 2020, sharing his expertise in renovation techniques, sustainable building practices, and DIY projects. Jackson's previous experience includes working in residential construction management and as a home renovation consultant. He is an advocate for energy-efficient homes and enjoys participating in local marathon events.

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